Study: Melting sea ice major cause of warming in Arctic

Study: Melting sea ice major cause of warming in Arctic“. Anthony Watts tries to distract from a Nature climate paper [update: PDF here.] by muttering about transient temperature recording errors that never actually enter the climate data.

Dr. James Screen of the University of Melbourne reports that Arctic climate change is driven more by declining sea ice than by warmer air circulating up from lower latitudes.

Sea ice 2007 minimum. NASA

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  1. Does this explain the model/observation gaps discussed in Stroeve, et al 2007?

    Arctic sea ice decline: Faster than forecast

    From 1953 to 2006, Arctic sea ice extent at the end of the melt season in September has declined sharply. All models participating in [IPCC AR4] show declining Arctic ice cover over this period. However… none or very few model simulations show trends comparable to observations…

    [Stroeve, et al. 2007 link. The models under-estimated the sea ice decline. – Ben]

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